07:55 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Originally posted 08/11/2011 07:20AM
Taunting by classmates forced 14-year-old YouTube sensation Rebecca Black to withdraw from her Anaheim Hills, Calif., school – to be homeschooled by her mother.
"When I walk by they'll start singing 'Friday' in a really nasally voice," the teen told ABC News. "Or, you know, they'll be like, 'Oh hey, Rebecca, guess what day it is?' "
Her mother, Georgina Marquez, said the move to homeschooling also permits Black to focus on her career. "She certainly did not need that kind of pressure," said Marquez about the teasing on campus.
Originally posted 07/18/2011 07:00PM
Far from distancing herself from her much-downloaded – and much mocked – YouTube video "Friday," Rebecca Black is back on the Web with a follow-up aimed at settling some scores.
Introducing: "My Moment."
Black, 14, embraces her newfound fame and takes a shot at those who made fun of her, singing, "Weren’t you the one who said that I would be nothing? Well, I’m about to prove you wrong."
Originally posted 06/17/2011 11:15AM
The fun, fun, fun, fun is over: Rebecca Black's much-buzzed about "Friday" video was removed from YouTube on Friday – appropriately.
The wildly viral video, which became an overnight sensation because of its catchy – and absurd – lyrics, was pulled offline by Black's lawyers, who accused the producers, Ark Music Factory, of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of the aspiring pop star's publicity rights, reports the Hollywood Reporter.
The dispute over which party owns the rights to the song will go to court if the contract disagreement cannot be resolved.
Originally posted 06/13/2011 12:05PM
Looks like Katy Perry had a pretty eclectic entourage last Friday night.
In the music video for her latest single, "Last Friday Night," Perry, 26, is woken up post-festivities by Glee's Darren Criss, serenaded by Kenny G and fantasized about by Criss's costar Kevin McHale.
Also getting down at Perry's party: "Friday" singer Rebecca Black, Hanson, Corey Feldman and Debbie Gibson, who play the geeked-out pop star's parents.
Originally posted 04/05/2011 09:25AM
What do Lady Gaga, Antoine Dodson and "Friday" sensation Rebecca Black have in common? Huge, viral Internet presences – ones that MTV plans to celebrate with its First Annual 'O' Awards.
The Awards, to take place April 28 across MTV.com, VH1.com, Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, will spotlight the artists who dominate the Web. Voting begins on Tuesday, April 5 (click here for ballot).
Among the categories: "The Best Fan Cover Award," which will be duked out between 30 Seconds to Mars' Echelon, the Beliebers, Katy Perry's Katy Kats, Gaga's Little Monsters, fans of My Chemical Romance, Nicki Minaj, Tokio Hotel, Wiz Khalifa, Rain and Rihanna.
Originally posted 04/02/2011 04:15PM
Just how excited is Rebecca Black? She's probably partying now that her viral hit "Friday" just got some all-star attention.
Sure, today is Saturday, but Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon got the weekend started just right on Friday's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon – performing a spirited cover of Black's tune, which caused a sensation when it premiered online in March.
With the Roots backing them, the guys pulled out all the stops, skipping around the stage and even getting the AutoTune treatment for the song's much quoted (and maligned) refrain: "Yesterday was Thursday/Today is Friday/We so excited/We gonna have a ball today."
In a final flourish, former American Idol winner Taylor Hicks slides on stage and helps the guys bring the song to a rousing conclusion.
Originally posted 03/25/2011 03:05PM
Given that today is Friday, (Friday, gotta get down on Friday), you've likely got Rebecca Black on the brain.
After all, her viral video named for the end of the workweek has amassed a stunning 47 million views – and counting. She's been slammed and cyber-bullied worldwide, and gained more positive attention from the likes of Simon Cowell and Jay Leno.
But what do you really know about the 13-year-old with the catchiest song on the planet?
Originally posted 03/18/2011 08:50AM
Rebecca Black, the Auto-Tuned voice behind the song "Friday" – which hit the YouTube jackpot for all the wrong reasons – is surprised about the overwhelming response she's received … just not in a good way.
"Those hurtful comments really shocked me," Black, 13, tells the Daily Beast. "At times, it feels like I'm being cyberbullied."
The worst words she's received? " 'I hope you cut yourself, and I hope you'll get an eating disorder so you'll look pretty,' " Black said on Friday's Good Morning America. "When I first saw all the nasty comments, I did cry … I don't think I'm the worst singer, but I don't think I'm the best."
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